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Celtic: Ange Postecoglou must unleash Daizen Maeda vs Hibs

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side finally return to Premiership action this evening, with Hibernian first up for the Bhoys in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign following the rearranged winter break.

And, with the 56-year-old Hoops boss having already made four signings in the January transfer window, with Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi, Daizen Maeda and Johnny Kenny all having arrived at Parkhead this month, there is the very real possibility of Postecoglou handing a number of debuts to his new additions against Shaun Maloney’s men tonight.

Of these players, undoubtedly the most exciting signing is that of versatile centre-forward Maeda, as the 24-year-old who Kevin Muscat dubbed a “dream” to manage was in astonishing form for Yokohama F. Marinos last year.

Should Ange start Maeda this evening?

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Maeda will give Maloney nightmares

Indeed, over his 36 J1 League outings in 2021, the £1.44m-rated man scored a remarkable 23 goals, registered five assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots and making 0.9 key passes per game.

These returns saw the Japan international earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.09, ranking him as his club’s joint sixth-best performer in the league, as well as the joint top scorer in the division.

And, while it is true that Celtic have already scored a whopping 42 goals over their 20 Premiership fixtures so far this season – just one behind the highest scorers in the league – Postecoglou’s side have nevertheless struggled to break teams down on occasion this term – such as in the 0-0 draw with St. Mirren, the 0-0 draw with 10-man Livingston and the 1-0 loss against the same outfit back in September.

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As such, with Hibs’ players sure to be eager to impress their new manager with a high-energy and battling performance against Celtic at Parkhead this evening, it would appear a must for Postecoglou to unleash Maeda against Maloney’s men, as the Japanese hitman undoubtedly possesses the goalscoring capability to give the 38-year-old Hibs manager nightmares.

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